Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.
For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide
range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.
Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.
Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.
Host: What is the whining trap?
Dr. Rene Hackney: There is a trap for parents when children are really young, when you have got a two year old who starts to whine, parents just get right and they say, Oh, they are asking for things or they are using their words and then later that child who is still whining, you told them for a good year, year and a half that is an okay way to ask. So, you do not want to get into that trap you want to treat the whining, as soon as they start whining when they are two years old as suppose to waiting and letting it become a bigger habit.